Thomas Jefferson

Liberty Quotation: Jefferson on Truth and Error

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Thomas Jefferson“It is error alone which needs the support of government.  Truth can stand by itself.”

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia [1785]

Liberty Quotation: Thomas Jefferson on Free Will

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Thomas Jefferson“The care of every man’s soul belongs to himself.  But what if he neglect the care of it?  Well what if he neglect the care of his health or his estate, which would more nearly relate to the state.  Will the magistrate make a law that he not be poor or sick?  Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves.  God himself will not save men against their wills.”

Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Samuel Kercheval [1810]

Liberty Quotation: Thomas Jefferson on Washington as the Center of All Power

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Thomas Jefferson“When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.”

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Charles Hammond [1821]

Liberty Quotation of the Day: Thomas Jefferson on Government of Self and of Others

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Thomas Jefferson“Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself.  Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?  Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him?  Let history be the answer to this question.”

Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address [1801]